Focus on: resources for newly qualified Nurses

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the ‘MY Freshers’ event, which was organised by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Practice Learning Facilitators Team to prepare the intake of newly qualified Nurses to join the Trust as Staff Nurses over the next few months.

There was a lot of interest in library resources, both in print and online, so here’s some more information on useful resources for newly qualified Nurses:

Print Resources

Print resources for newly qualified nurses

The library holds a selection of books aimed specifically at newly qualified Nurses with titles including;

  • ‘Newly qualified nurse’s handbook: a survival guide’ by Siviter
  • ‘Becoming a nurse: a textbook for professional practice (2nd ed)’ by Sellman & Snelling
  • ‘The essential guide to becoming a staff nurse’ by Peate.

In our Nursing section you’ll also find a selection of books available on Nursing ethics, clinical skills, communication and compassion amongst a range of other topics. You can view our full library catalogue online here.

We also hold titles from the Oxford Handbooks in Nursing Collection, which includes titles such as:

  • ‘Oxford handbook of adult nursing’ by Castledine
  • ‘Oxford handbook of children’s and young people’s nursing’ by Glasper
  • ‘Oxford handbook of emergency nursing’ by Crouch
  • ‘Oxford handbook of primary care and community nursing (2nd ed) by Drennan

Most of our Oxford Handbooks in Nursing are also available as eBooks, with an NHS OpenAthens account. You can find our step-by-step guide to accessing Oxford eBooks here.

Online Resources

NHS OpenAthens

An NHS OpenAthens account is your key to lots of online resources, from journals to eBooks, to point of care tools.

  • If you need to register for an NHS OpenAthens account you can self-register online here.
  • Our registration help guide can be found on the library website (here) or a paper copy can be picked up from the library.
  • More information on NHS OpenAthens can be found in this blog post.

Resources for Nurses - online resources

eBooks

We have already touched on this in the paragraph above, but…

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Journals

More resources

  • The Royal Marsden Manual Online is a key Nursing resource which provides up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for over 200 procedures, related to every aspect of a person’s care. This resource is also available in print from the Staff Library.
  • The British National Formulary (BNF) provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing and administering medicines. You can access it free via the internet or via an App.
  • The British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) provides practical up-to-date information to help healthcare professionals prescribe, monitor and administer medicines for childhood disorders. You can access it for free via the internet or via an app.
  • Social media can be a really useful tool for Nurses, it can help you stay up-to-date with all the latest news in healthcare and find helpful resources for revalidation and CPD. See our ‘Twitter for Nurses’ blog for more information.

If you’d like further information please do not hesitate to get in touch or pop in and see us (we’re based on the ground floor in Trust HQ).

Natasha on behalf of ‘The Library Team’

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How & why to use social media – Twitter for Nurses

Twitter may be best known as a social network but it is also a great tool for professional development. You might ask, “how can it be useful for nurses?” The answer would be that you can keep up to date with all the latest news in healthcare, network with your peers, find open access articles from nursing journals and find helpful resources for revalidation and CPD. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you haven’t used Twitter before, here is a quick interactive guide to getting started.

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Once you’re set up, the following profiles are a good place to start your Twitter journey:

@Wenurses – The “We” community is a great place to engage with other nurses. They host lots of Tweet chats, which are advertised on their profile (participation it Tweet chats counts towards your CPD!)

@nmcnews – Keep up to date with the latest guidance from The NMC and find all the necessary resources for revalidation.

@theRCN – Keep up to date with nursing news from the RCN.

@midyorkslibrary – The latest healthcare news, resources, guidelines and more from Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust library.

@midyorkshireNHS – the official Twitter profile for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

Once you’re on your way with these, you’ll be able to find many other profiles of interest!

Guides for using Twitter

Twitter can seem like a daunting place at first but once you have the basics, you won’t look back. Below are a few links to help you get started. If you need any more help, drop into the Library, where a member of staff can assist with any questions you might have.

http://wecommunities.org/blogs/31 – Guide to Tweet Chats.

https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/guidance/social-media-guidance – NMC standards for social media.

http://www.nhsemployers.org/search-results?q=social+media&sort  – Social media toolkits, guidance and blog posts about Social Media in healthcare.

Twitter jargon

There is a lot of jargon in Twitter that might make you nervous. There’s nothing to fear though! Here is our quick and easy guide to popular phrases used in the Twittersphere:

Twitter handle – the name of the profile (e.g. @midyorkslibrary, @Wenurses etc)

Hashtag (#) – a hashtag (#) is added to the beginning of a phrase (e.g. #NHS, #nursing, #cardiology etc) to gather all Tweets on the same subject in one place. You can also search for hashtags in the search box to find other Tweets on that subject or click on a hashtag you see on someone’s Tweet to see more.

@ (“at”) – used at the beginning of a Twitter handle to identify it as a profile. If you want that profile to see your Tweet, you should always have an @ (“at” them in it).

Retweet – Like a tweet enough to share it with your followers? Hit the retweet button.

Follow – Follow a profile to see all of their tweets in your timeline.

Timeline – A real time collection of Tweets from the profiles you follow.

Direct message (DM) – You can message a profile directly, without it being shared publicly by DM’ing them.

Tweet chat – a place on Twitter to discuss a subject. Identified by a hashtag created specifically for that Tweet chat.

Live Tweet – Events may have participants Live Tweeting. A hashtag will be created to gather all the tweets in one place (#MYITExpo)

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on Twitter today!